Mississippi Police Academy Requirements

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Joining a police academy is a milestone on the path to becoming a police officer. The Mississippi police academy requirements are intended to set a high standard for potential officers. Below are all the requirements and disqualifying factors. Be aware that there is a lot of competition for police jobs so going above the minimum requirements is advised. Mississippi police academy requirements consist of, in part, the following:

Age Requirement

Mississippi police academy age requirements state that applicants must be at least 20 years of age at time application is filed.

Residency and Citizenship Requirement

Applicants must be a resident of Mississippi and possess a valid Mississippi driver’s license upon appointment as a State Police Cadet.

Applicants must be a United States citizen at the time of initial application.

Educational Requirement

Mississippi Police Academy requirements for education state that the applicants must possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED) time of application. Correspondence or mail-order high school diplomas are not accepted.

All military veterans must have an HONORABLE DISCHARGE documented by a DD-214.

Automatic Disqualification Factors

Applicants are advised that the Mississippi State Police will automatically disqualify any applicant who does not meet the general requirements as detailed below.  In addition, the following information is provided regarding our criteria for automatic disqualification:

  • Falsification,      omission, or misrepresentation of any information during the completion of      the Polygraph Screening Booklet, the Polygraph Examination, the Formal      Application for Employment, and any other documents/processes associated      with the Cadet Selection Procedures.
  • Substance      abuse/use within a prescribed time frame and/or that is beyond what is      considered experimental by the Mississippi State Police.
  • Criminal      arrests/behavior which would not reflect well on the Mississippi State      Police.

The core purpose of the Mississippi State Police is to seek justice, preserve peace, and improve the quality of life for all.  As such, the Department has established the core values of Honor, Service, Integrity, Respect, Trust, Courage, and Duty, and is seeking applicants who possess these traits and conduct themselves accordingly.  Certain issues within a person’s background have been identified which will result in automatic disqualification, including but not limited to:  criminal conduct (actual arrest and/or admission of behavior whether or not arrested) and substance abuse.

A preliminary determination will be made by the Mississippi State Police based upon information supplied; therefore, applicants must be forthright and honest in documenting their conduct.  Be advised that this preliminary determination is not binding as it is made based upon information provided by the applicant only.  Should an applicant continue in the selection process, the conduct will then be discussed and documented with a Mississippi State Police Officer.

Applicants are advised that all information provided to the Mississippi State Police is to contain no misrepresentation, falsification, omissions, or concealment of material fact and that, upon submission of any official document (on-line or otherwise), applicants swear or affirm that all information provided is true, complete, and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.  Applicants are further advised that all information provided is subject to later investigation.

Physical Agility Test

Students must achieve a passing score of 50% on this examination. Should a recruit fail any portion of this pre-enrollment examination, he or she will be asked to leave the academy. They may, however, resubmit their application to attend a future class. The test consists of four components: flexibility, agility run, pushups, and a 1.5 mile run. This will be the same test administered at the end of the ten (10) week basic training program. Recruits are given only one opportunity to pass the pre-enrollment examination.

Please pay close attention to the chart below to learn what is require of each recruit:

Age Groups 20-29 30-39 40+
Male Female Male Female Male Female
1.5 Mile Run
70% minimum requirement to graduate
14:30 17:18 15:30 18:30 16:30 19:42
1.5 mile run
50% pre-entrance requirement
18:10 21:38 19:10 22:50 20:10 24:02
Agility Run
50% pre-entrance requirement
20:40 23:30 20:90 24:40 21:85 26:05
Agility Run
70% minimum requirement to graduate
18:60 21:10 19:10 22:20 20:05 23:85
Trunk Flex Inches
60% pre-entrance requirements
3 4 2 3 1 2
Trunk Flexion Inches
70% minimum requirement to graduate
11 12 10 11 9 10

Push Ups 17-21 yrs 22-26 yrs 27-31 yrs 32-36 yrs 37-41 yrs 42-46 yrs 47-51 yrs 52+ yrs
70% min. to graduate M-52
50% min. for Pre-entrance M-32


The eligibility requirements are subject to change at any time.



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